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Its Fun and it’s FREE

July 17th, 2012

On Tuesday 24 July, Ulverston and Lakes Policing Team, together with Cumbria Fire and Rescue and Sports Clubs which are based in and around Ambleside are running a sports taster day, ‘Sport for All’ at Rothay Park, Ambleside.

The day starts at 11am and runs to 4pm and will provide free, fun opportunities for young people from the communities of South Lakeland to try a variety of sporting activities including Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Football, Climbing Wall, and activities for young children..

Sgt Ken Jewell said: “Sports club members are providing all the sporting equipment we will need during the day and are giving up their time to help young people try out new activities which they might not have tried before.

“It should be a great day and we hope that those aged 16 or under from the local area will come along and have a go. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played sport before – you just need to be willing to have a go!

“A circus skills workshop, dance class, climbing wall and a bouncy castle are also going to be provided so there really should be something for everybody. Police officers, Fire officers and PCSOs will be on the field throughout the day to supervise but younger children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

“The day promises to be great fun and will provide local people with a chance to come and enjoy a free event and meet members of their emergency services. Anyone who is aged 16 years or under and wants to have a go is welcome to come to Rothay Park with their sports kit and trainers. We hope to see you there!”

CLICK HERE FOR THE Sport 4 All poster 2012

Up front approach raises awareness

July 12th, 2012

PC Simone Backhouse from the Ulverston and Lakes policing team has raised funds to bring a theatre workshop to the pupils of the Lakes School, Windermere to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol.

The event takes place on Friday 13th July, just before the Summer Holiday for 160 year 7 and 8 pupils.

The play is entitled “HANDS UP”, and is presented by Up Front Theatre. It is themed around the problems encountered by young people, alcohol, their responsibilities and the consequences for all in our communities.

Following the play the young people will be invited to discuss the issues which are raised during the play, to ask questions and enter into debate with a “Question Time“ style panel made up from the former Mayor of Windermere, a Paramedic, The Chair of the local Barwatch and a person from the Chernaclo Community as well as one of the actors from the play.

Sgt Ken Jewell says, “Like any other community, the Lakes School catchment area has occasional problems when young people get hold of alcohol. We see this work with the Lakes School and Up Front Theatre as a valuable way to get an important safety message across to the year 7 and 8 pupils”

The play and question time will be filmed and will be available to view live, online so that other young people in the area can benefit.

The online audience can “tweet” a comment or question to the Question Time panel, and play an active part in what will be an interesting and lively debate. It is hoped that other schools in the area will log on to take part.

We are grateful for the community assistance raising the money to fund this work and to the volunteers who are making up our Question Time panel.”

You can join the Lakes School audience at 10am on Friday 13th July by logging on to mms://

To tweet a comment or question during the live debate, log on to and send your question to @ulvandlakescops


10.00am Up Front Theatre present “HANDS UP”.

11.00am Facilitated group work – not screened on the web.

11.40am Question Time panel commence discussion.

12.40pm Finish



Summer edition available now

May 8th, 2012

The distribution of the Summer Edition of the HUB should now have been completed by Royal Mail to 5700 addresses across Windermere, Bowness and Troutbeck Bridge.

An online (pdf) version is now available by clicking this link.

If you live in the LA23 postcode and have not received a copy through your door please let us know via 015394 40020, or via email to

Reflecting on progress

March 8th, 2012

Formally launched! The 19th of January saw Windermere Reflections formally underway. An audience of representatives from key local organisations were given an insight into how & why Windermere Reflections came to be……

Reflections on History got off to a flying start on Saturday 18th February with an introductory event for volunteers eager to learn more & to work alongside professional archaeologists as they survey local woodlands with the aim of unearthing Windermere’s industrial heritage………

the Love your Lakes team from Nurture Lakeland took to the streets on the 15th and 16th of February to asks people to vow to take loving The Lakes more seriously in future. ………

Read the full newsletter and find out about Windermere Reflection Events by clicking here.

Please note that Taffy and Chrissie Thomas will not be able to participate in the Ambleside Discovery Day detailed under the events section of the newsletter as they will be working hard sharing the joy of their wonderful stories in sunny Spain, at least we hope the sun shines on them! 

Bowness Bay Toilets reopen in style

March 7th, 2012

Following major refurbishment the public  toilets at Bowness Bay recently taken over from South Lakeland District Council by the Bowness & Windermere Community Care Trust re-opened yesterday.

Customers using the materially upgraded facilities are required to pay 20pence to access the toilets and the revenue generated will help to sustain the onward operation of these and the other 7 toilets now operated by the Charitable Trust.

3 more toilets of the 8 toilets are to receive major upgrades before Easter.

Read the article in the Westmorland Gazette website here

Who’s doing what in Windermere

March 7th, 2012

Voluntary organisations,service and support groups will be providing information about their work at Windermere Town Councils Community Day on Saturday 17th March from 10.30am until 3.00pm.

Whether interested in finding out what local organisations are presently delivering, hearing about what they plan to be doing in the future or just interested in finding new outlets for your energies and skills just call in to The Marchesi Centre on March 17th.

Windermere is home to a great wealth of voluntary and social enterprise organisations and with so much talk about how such organisations can help take reprehensibility for local projects what better time to find out more about what they can do for us.

Refreshments available throughout the day.



Summer is coming!

March 5th, 2012

The copy deadline for the Summer 2012 edition of the HUB is Friday 30th March.

Please submit articles, photographs, ideas for inclusion as quickly as possible to

approximately 5700 copies will be distributed via Royal Mail from week commencing 30th April

Exciting times for Windermere!

February 20th, 2012

Windermere Reflections – a 3 year programme that needs YOU!

This 3 year partnership programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, contains 19 community focused projects offering exciting opportunities, bringing long term benefits, increasing understanding of environmental issues within the Windermere Catchment, and encouraging locals and visitors to take a hand in protecting our heritage and improving the waters of Lake Windermere and its catchment.

From their Ambleside office, the Windermere Reflections team along with our delivery partners will be rolling out a programme of wide ranging activities including tree planting and river restoration, heritage surveys, celebratory and arts events, and initiatives to help us all reduce our environmental impact. There are also opportunities to pick up new skills by enrolling on free courses, or by taking part in any number of volunteering opportunities.

Want to know more or get involved?

There are lots of opportunities to lend your support by getting involved! It’s a chance to improve your understanding of the challenges that thecatchmentsLake, Waters and Tarns face; and about  the value of the areas environment and cultural heritage.

In addition to the new skills on offer we’re looking for people to help with events, become a local ambassador, help with our education programme, do some research, litter pick, run pub quizzes to go with our new beer, and more! If you’re involved in a local arts group that would like to get involved we’d love to hear from you!

If you are interested in getting involved or would like to receive e-bulletins about what’s happening please get in touch with Debbie Binch on tel:015394 34401 / 07917 263789 (Wednesday – Friday) or

Want to know more? Pop in and see us (we’re next to the ArmittMuseum) in Ambleside, or visit our website 

Meet the team

You can meet the team and discover more at our 3 lively family fun  ‘Discovery Days’

  • Sunday 25th March – Bowness aboard the Teal (moored) – 11am-4pm.
  • Saturday 31st March – Ambleside Parish Centre – 11am-4pm.
  • Wednesday 11th April -LakesideYMCA – 11am-4pm.

Reflections’ funding partners are:  Environment Agency,  Lake District National Park, National Trust, University of Cumbria. Additional delivery partners are Friends of the Lake District, South Cumbria Rivers Trust, Nurture Lakeland and Windermere Rotary.     


Close the door on glazing scam

February 15th, 2012

South Cumbrian residents are being warned by Trading Standards about cold callers who are offering grants as part of a ‘government’ scheme to replace windows for new double glazing. They received information that the companies involved may be using high pressure selling techniques in order to persuade residents to sign up to the scheme.

The advice from Cumbria Trading Standards is not to deal any companies who use cold calling tactics and if residents are unsure or need further advice they should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Householders wanting the best information on heating their homes this Winter should contact Cumbria Warm Homes – a Cumbria wide project supported by Cumbria County Council and all of the six District Councils, on 0800 328 8419, or apply online at The scheme offers free home energy health checks that will provide you with a written survey report and quotation for your property.